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Madeleine Teahan

Madeleine Teahan is Associate Editor at the Catholic Herald and chairs the Catholic Herald Podcast Debates. Her special interests include euthanasia and assisted suicide. She is on Twitter as @MadeleineTeahan

Down’s Syndrome boy denied Communion, says mother

Catholic woman accuses Church of discrimination over disabled child

Priest describes moment cruise ship ran aground

Luxury cruise ship Costa Concordia hit a rocky outcrop off the Italian island of Giglio (Photo: PA)

Chaplain Fr Mallena, 70, prayed in the chapel and then rushed to save the Holy Eucharist and crew members’ valuables

Bishop asks for hour of Confession every week in Lent

Bishop Campbell, right (Photo: catholicrelics.co.uk)

Bishop of Lancaster says every church in the diocese will be open for Confession on Wednesday evenings

Lord Falconer’s safeguards will not make assisted suicide any safer

Lord Falconer: his commission concludes that 'the most important safeguard in any assisted dying regime would lie in the relationship between the patient and their doctors' (PA photo)

His commission ignores the evidence from Oregon and puts all its faith in the idea of a long-standing family doctor

Bishops welcome Government assurance on civil unions

Baroness O'Cathain tabled a motion to overturn civil partnerships regulations during a debate in the Lords last week (Photo: PA)

Government Minister says that no churches or other religious premises will be forced to host civil partnership ceremonies

Visionary who reported eight apparitions of Mary dies aged 90

The shrine at Banneux, Belgium

Mariette Beco had the visions in 1933 in the small town of Banneux in Belgium

MP takes on Government over same-sex regulations

Edward Leigh says MPs aren't even being given the chance to debate the new regulations

Edward Leigh is seeking to annul regulations which would lift the ban on civil ceremonies being conducted in places of worship

Vatican cardinal urges priests to spice up ‘dull, irrelevant’ sermons

Cardinal Ravasi also encourages priests to use Twitter (Photo: PA)

Cardinal Ravasi says priests should use dramatic stories and imagery from the Bible to add colour to their homilies

Ealing Abbey to hand over control of school

The cloister at St Benedict's School, Ealing

Benedictines will no longer run school in west London following allegations of clerical sex abuse said to have occurred over 20 years

England to welcome the heart of Curé d’Ars

A Knights of Columbus honour guard processes with a reliquary containing the incorrupt heart of St John Vianney (Photo: CNS)

The heart of the patron saint of priests, St John Vianney, will be venerated in the Diocese of Shrewsbury next summer